School Nurse Certification Programs

The school nurse certification program is a graduate non-degree program offered by the Department of Nursing. The program consists of two tracks, non-instructional and instructional.

Upon completion of the non-instructional track, a standard educational services certificate with school nurse/non-instructional endorsement is granted by the New Jersey Department of Education. This authorizes the holder to perform nursing services in public school grades preschool through 12. This endorsement does not authorize the holder to teach in areas related to health.

Upon completion of the instructional track, a standard educational services certificate with school nurse endorsement is granted by the New Jersey Department of Education. The school nurse endorsement authorizes the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas related to health in public schools in grades preschool through 12.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Admission Requirements

  • Online application/ application fee

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • GPA: 3.0 out of 4.0

  • Current NJ RN License

  • Official academic transcripts

  • Successful completion of courses: Developmental Psychology and Community/ Public Health Nursing

Contact Us

Professor Karen Phillips
Program Director, Department of Nursing
phillipsk116@wpunj.edu
973-720-3406

School Nurse Certification: Non-Instructional Track

Twenty-one (21) credits are required to complete the Non-Instructional track. These, 21 credits are Program Requirements - coursework at the graduate level that must be taken at William Paterson (WP). An additional six (6) credits are prerequisites - coursework that may have been taken at the undergraduate level at WP or another institution. Applications are evaluated regarding these requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.

School Nurse Certification: Instructional Track

Twenty-four (24) credits are required to complete the Instructional track. These, 24 credits are program requirements - coursework at the graduate level that must be taken at William Paterson (WP). An additional six (6) credits are Exit Requirements - coursework that may have been taken at the undergraduate level at WP or another institution. Applications are evaluated regarding these requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.